Question: Are you smarter than a 10th grader?

A math success story … and a challenge (for you).


Earlier in the week, we posted results of a report ranking U.S. high school students #40 in math literacy among developed nations.

A friend reminded me that those are averages … and there are some bright lights.

One such bright light is shining at Chicago’s Noble Network of Charter Schools.

Noble is comprised of a growing network of high quality public high schools located in Chicago’s communities of greatest need.

Noble has 18 campuses educating 12,000 students.

True to its mission, 98% of the students are minorities and 89% low income.


Here’s the kicker …

According to Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes:

Students at The Noble Network of Charter Schools receive the equivalent of nearly two years’ worth of math in each single year. Source

What kind of math are they working on?

Here’s a problem from the 10th grade curriculum …. try it.


Noble Charter HS – Math Challenge Question

The rectangle shown below is divided into four green squares, seven gold squares, four orange squares, and one blue rectangle.

If the perimeter of the blue rectangle is 20 cm, what is the perimeter of the larger rectangle?  Explain your reasoning.


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Well, are you at least as smart as a Noble 10th grader?



Don’t peek until you’ve worked the problem …
Answer: Are you smarter than a 10th grader?
Thanks to SGC for feeding the lead and the problem


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One Response to “Question: Are you smarter than a 10th grader?”

  1. baemen Says:

    Dan Marino x Tom Brady

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